Marquez Beats Vinales in COTA Qualifying Duel

Marc Marquez got the better of Maverick Vinales for the first time this season after a thrilling head-to-head between the two in qualifying at the Circuit of the Americas. The reigning champion kept up his perfect pole position record in Texas although he was made to work hard by the current championship leader, edging it by a tenth of a second.

The session got off to a bumpy start for Vinales after he was baulked on his first timed lap, by his team-mate Valentino Rossi of all people. While Maverick was gesticulating at the other factory Yamaha, Marc was busy setting the fastest lap of the weekend with a 2:03.042, opening up an eight tenth lead on the field.

With a clear track for his second run, Vinales was straight back on the pace and looked set to snatch a sensational pole position after clocking a 2:02.871 on his final effort. Crucially though, Marquez hadn’t taken the chequered flag yet and managed to snatch top spot back at the death with a 2:02.741 despite catching Rossi’s Yamaha in the final corner.

Rossi grabbed the final spot on the front row in the process, suggesting his practice problems from the opening two races are a thing of the past, while Dani Pedrosa edged out Johann Zarco’s Tech 3 Yamaha for fourth. Jorge Lorenzo claimed sixth for Ducati despite having to go through Q1, just ahead of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso while Jonas Folger qualified eighth on the second satellite Yamaha.

Cal Crutchlow paid the price for a crash, falling to ninth, while Scott Redding, Andrea Iannone and Jack Miller make up the fourth row.


2017 Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas: Qualifying Result

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
193. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team2:02.741Q2
225. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP2:02.871Q2
346. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP2:03.673Q2
426. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team2:03.866Q2
55. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 32:03.928Q2
699. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team2:04.151Q2
74. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team2:04.431Q2
894. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 32:04.623Q2
935. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda2:04.661Q2
1045. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing2:04.673Q2
1129. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR2:05.741Q2
1243. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS2:05.970Q2
139. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing2:05.221Q1
1476. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing2:05.231Q1
158. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing2:05.541Q1
1653. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS2:05.920Q1
1717. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team2:05.931Q1
1838. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing2:06.258Q1
1919. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Team2:06.295Q1
2022. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini2:07.232Q1
2144. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing2:07.601Q1
2241. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team GresiniNo TimeQ1
2342. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTARNo TimeQ1